214. An Ivory Chess-Piece

Probably Nishapur, Iran, 11th century
Size: 6.2 cm high

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This two-horned gaming piece is the equivalent of our mitre-coiffed Bishop on the chessboard. Therefore, being from Iran, he may be an Ayatollah, nowadays part of a set without the King and Queen. Horns are usually an attribute of the Devil, so a considerable adversary on the chessboard. On the other hand, each player has two, one patrolling White and the other Black, but to get an explanation for that you would probably need to talk to a Cathar.